Redevelopment of a Former Hayloft | OOIIO Architecture
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Status: Commission. Built.
Project Year: 2016–2017
Location: Mora, Spain
Area: 235 m2
Design: OOIIO Architecture
Architect: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas.
Team: Natalia Garmendia Cobo, Milda Dudonyte, Pilar Bolaños Almeida.
Builder: Construcciones Eco Magón s.l.
Photographer: OOIIO Architecture, josefotoinmo.
When the architects started to build this project, they had no idea how it was going to end up looking. This has been a project designed day after day onsite, solving problems, creating an intense teamwork together with the client and the builders.
The initial goal was to avoid the collapse of a group of former modest agricultural constructions which were once used as a hayloft, tool rooms, barn for mules, dog pounds, water well, kitchen for the workers and a cave used as a fridge to keep the food fresh when there was no electricity or home appliances.
Some areas are hundreds of years old and some others from the beginning of the 20th century, but all of them had in common that they were cheap, functional constructions used as countryside work spaces. After more than 50 years of disuse and no maintenance, the buildings were about to collapse.
The first works were purely structural reinforcements of roofs and falling adobe and brick walls. The architects followed the ancient techniques and respected the way those elements were built originally, understanding the way the builders worked those materials their time.